Great parody of “Every NYT Higher-Ed Thinkpiece Ever Written”:

Higher Education is in a Crisis. A deep, dark, existential crisis which
can only be blamed on its resistance to innovative disruption and its
abandonment of cherished liberal arts principles. You might think that
assertion is paradoxical, that it’s merely a buzzword-laden lede for
academic clickbait, but you would be wrong. The humanities are dying.
And the only way forward is to go back.


What makes Western education so worth saving is its resilience and
adaptabity in the face of existential threats. Cutting-edge
overgeneralizations culled from evolutionary science tells us that we’re
hardwired to meet these existential threats via a combination of
fight-or-flight response and provocative thinkpieces. American Higher
Education stands at such a moment now, a disruptive juncture to end all
disruptive junctures. At the end of the day, it will be the Innovators
who preside over the College of the Future. And they will be joined by
the Humanities professors who are brave enough to ignore the nattering
nabobs of pedagogy and cling tenaciously to What Made Us Great. Both
groups will win, or neither will. That’s the nature of Disruption.


To save Higher Education, and its handmaiden, the Humanities, we must
then be open to the ‘un.’ We must unbundle the components of college,
unlearn all of our stodgy traditions except the stodgiest (those are
pure gold) and understand the myriad challenges facing Today’s Thought
Leaders. The College of the Future will have to be nimble. To accomplish
this, Agile Innovators can leverage technology to unbundle the

Read the whole thing.  And ponder the reality of stable waste.